It was a busy and good work for monastery vocations. On Saturday, September 29th, Br. Placid and I traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to attend the Christ Our Life Conference. The Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference is a non-profit conference held at the Wells Fargo Arena. Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference was conceived in 2008 and was inspired by the Holy Spirit pulling on the hearts of two women in central Iowa. They prayed, gathered a dedicated and spiritually motivated group of volunteers, and secured world-renowned speakers.
This year’s conference welcomed such presenters as Bishop Robert Barron, Thomas Cardinal Collins, and Matt Fradd. Br. Placid and I set up a monastery vocation display and visited with many people throughout the day. Some of the people who came to talk to us had visited the Abbey on retreat or some were friends or relatives on the monks. I also had the opportunity to hear confessions for more than 4 hours, which was a beautiful and powerful experience.
Below: New for our display was the banner of St. Benedict which is taken from a mural in the Abbey Basilica. The mural printed on canvas was a striking and beautiful addition to the display (n.b. the advertisement for New Amsterdam Vodka didn’t have anything to do with our display- ha).
On Thursday morning I celebrated Mass at St. Michael the Archangel High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. It is a new Catholic High School only its second year. I also had the chance to speak to the sophomore theology class about monastic life.
Above: The gathering space in the entrance to the high school.
Below: Part of the gymnasium.
Below: The Sacred Heart chapel.
Below: Thursday evening’s sunset back at Conception Abbey.